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Jody G. Christiansen is an Arizona licensed professional counselor (LPC), and an Arizona Department of Education certified school counselor (CSC). She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and completed her master’s degree in counseling at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Jody has also earned a certification in substance use disorders from the University of Wisconsin. Jody’s practice focus includes engaging with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families who are challenged by depression, anxiety, anger, grief and loss, substance use/experimentation, eating disorders, adjustments disorders, ADHD, conduct disorder, low self-esteem, low academic motivation or life stage concerns. She also has extensive experience providing alcohol and drug education to preteens, teens, and young adults. In addition, her interests also include academic and career readiness.
I am passionate about helping children, adolescents, young adults, and families find and experience lasting happiness in all aspects of life. I place an emphasis on building rapport with my clients. Working as a team, the client(s) and I build specific therapeutic goals tailored to each concern. I believe understanding the “world” of each person I engage with in the therapeutic environment is vital to creating an atmosphere in which change can occur. In my practice, I utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, play therapy, art therapy, and family systems therapy to elicit positive, lasting outcomes and solutions. Having worked as a school counselor in an elementary school and later in a middle school, I am aware of the challenges children and teens face at school. I utilize a multi-faceted approach to help students cope with bullying, improve social skills, improve academic motivation, and decrease school anxiety. I am thankful to be invited into clients’ lives to assist them as they move toward personal growth, fulfillment, and lasting joy.